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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

zlives Re:That doesn't sound bad (424 comments)

which ius exactly how free markets should work :) . you get what you pay for, Citizen's United is the crowning achievement of free market.

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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

zlives Re:That doesn't sound bad (424 comments)

i didn't say freedom, i said we "believe" in freemarket, at least to a greater degree.

yesterday
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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

zlives Re:US Robotics 56K (424 comments)

the irony of the similar circumstances and reactions is sweet.

2 days ago
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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

zlives Re:US Robotics 56K (424 comments)

they took our Broadband!

2 days ago
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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

zlives Re:the state speaks (424 comments)

leading from behind... way behind.

2 days ago
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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

zlives Re:That doesn't sound bad (424 comments)

problem is typically there is only one provider offering this, cable, utilities have been sitting on their asses enjoying govt subsidies at 4 mb/download without working to improve the speed. there is no competition in US, the home of the free market.

2 days ago
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Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

zlives Re:What do you call a spade? (103 comments)

i agree, if it looks like a turd, smells like a turd... you don't need to do the taste test to call it a rose.

I don't really blame the ones in charge of going beyond the bounds. It is human nature to control, and when you have a semblance of control the brain works to tighten that grip even more, squeezing those in your grip into tighter and tighter control... until it all falls apart.
We should be coming up with contingency plans for when history repeats it self.

Shakespeare said it best, " there is a special providence in a fall of a sparrow... it will come"

2 days ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

zlives Re:We don't all live in the USA. (338 comments)

hey it takes a lot of effort to hide that money, thats hard work that the lazy germans and japanese are not willing to put in.
will no one think of the children that have to pay inheritance tax.

4 days ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

zlives Re:I feel sorry for rich people, (338 comments)

"you are at least in the top half" but no where close to being rich.
"The income threshold for the top quintile, who many people consider "rich", is $102k" source please. the rich everyone is talking about are the 1%ers... thats about 394K annual individually or assets about 1.5 mil. (forbes) but most of these people are the hard working professionals.

the rich that are "intended" as a target when politically motivated chattering is concerned are the super rich, earning above a million dollar a year. but these are just low level super rich compared to those that "earn" over hundreds of million a year.

the Davos crowd is worried about those low level 1%ers because they havn't been marginalized by the system like the surf class. no one is worried about mid-low income rules are in place to keep them down. the revolution starts at the 1% against the .01%

and now i am off the soap box.

4 days ago
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

zlives Re:America is HUGE (255 comments)

also the debate about broadband is not really about end user speed but govt subsidies these vendors have been enjoying for decades without making things better.
the taxpayers already paid for a better internet.

5 days ago
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

zlives Re:Midrange? (114 comments)

in one game wasteland2 4k native is too small for me/my eyes so i stick with 2560
the other game StarCitizen 4k looks beautiful but game is in dev, needs optimization and even then i will need a second 980gtx and maybe a third because the game can use what you throw at it.

5 days ago
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

zlives Re:Midrange? (114 comments)

"choosing to game at 256" the screen size comes into play. i would play 4k with maybe a 32+ inch screen but then it may be too close for a desktop experience. I output to a 4k projector if I truly need color corrected picture quality, plus my old eyes really appreciate the beauty of high res but at a much bigger screen.

5 days ago
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

zlives Re:Midrange? (114 comments)

i have an asus 4k monitor, 1 ms gtg 60hz on displayport. works pretty well though for gaming i am still using 2560 on a single 980gtx.

about a week ago
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TWEETHER Project Promises 10Gbps MmW 92-95GHz Based Wireless Broadband

zlives Re:Physics doesn't work like that. (54 comments)

we can conduct a survey of the birds later to see if they feel any pain while flying through !

about two weeks ago
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

zlives Re:Bye_bye, Blackberry (307 comments)

the problem comes with secure email i.e. not active sync. then you end up with containerized email which has HUGE (as in sales people don't like it) issues from a usability stand point. KNOX is fixing it for BES and Android but iOS is lagging, but i think just its a matter of time.

about two weeks ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

zlives Re:Scotty Might Have a Bigger Role in This One? (138 comments)

mostly based around the engineering department, i would be absolutely ok with that... but maybe because i like science fiction more than action?!!!

about two weeks ago
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

zlives Re:Free and Open (307 comments)

there was this one issue of security. they should have used iOS, o wait.

about two weeks ago
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

zlives Re:Hmm... (307 comments)

i wonder why you are discriminating against nonplanetary languages.

about two weeks ago

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Progressive dongle hacked

zlives zlives writes  |  about two weeks ago

zlives (2009072) writes "yet another example of bad coding/implementation and what could possibly go wrong with all this connectivity... yes I am looking at you internet of things.
FTA
"Researchers at Florida-based Digital Bond Labs say they have uncovered major problems in a device that Progressive Insurance uses to measure the driving habits of participating customers."

"What we found with this device was that it was designed with no security features,"

What is even more interesting to consider is if they have liability insurance for their bad design."

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Face Book buying Occulus rift

zlives zlives writes  |  about 10 months ago

zlives (2009072) writes "i mean there is a shining example of trying to polishing a dead turd.

"Facebook has announced it will buy Oculus VR, a Californian company which specialises in virtual reality products, for around $2bn (£1.2bn).""

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Tesla updates Model S software as a precaution against unsafe charging

zlives zlives writes  |  about a year ago

zlives (2009072) writes "Tesla Motors has maintained that the most recent fire involving one of its Model S electric vehicles isn't the result of a vehicle or battery malfunction, but the company is still addressing the situation with a software fix, according to Green Car Reports. The California-based automaker has added a software function that automatically reduces the charge current by about 25 percent when power from the charging source fluctuates outside of a certain range, Green Car Reports says, citing the Twitter feed from an Apple employee, @ddenboer, who owns a Model S. You can read the text of the update below."
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From the horses mouth: Shell predicts the future

zlives zlives writes  |  about a year ago

zlives (2009072) writes "Oil company predicts gas-powered cars will be 'nearly' gone by 2070 [w/video]

By 2070, the passenger road market could be nearly oil-free. The oil giant is trying to understand the future (who isn't?) and to do that, it envisioned two possible futures, one called "Mountains" and the other "Oceans."

The two scenarios have some things in common: the idea of a world population at nine billion by 2050, increased prosperity and global energy demand. Given those situations, what's the world going to come to? No one knows for sure, but here are Shell's guesses, in short:

You can get the full 48-page PDF http://s01.static-shell.com/content/dam/shell-new/local/corporate/Scenarios/Downloads/Scenarios_newdoc.pdf and see a short video below. A key prediction comes on page 20, in a section called "A Changing Transportation Infrastructure." The long-term view is that:"

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Florida DOT Cuts Yellow Light Timing To Less Than Federal Guidelines - Red Light

zlives zlives writes  |  about a year and a half ago

zlives (2009072) writes ""Red light cameras generated more than $100 million in revenue last year in approximately 70 Florida communities, with 52.5 percent of the revenue going to the state. The rest is divided by cities, counties, and the camera companies. In 2013, the cameras are on pace to generate $120 million."

I wonder what the camera company cut is?"

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Assasin's Creed Patrice Desilets fired, intends to 'fight Ubisoft vigorously'

zlives zlives writes  |  about a year and a half ago

zlives (2009072) writes "Assassin's Creed creator and game designer Patrice Desilets has been fired by Ubisoft, Desilets told Polygon today.
"Contrary to any statements made earlier today, this morning I was terminated by Ubisoft," Desilets told Polygon. "I was notified of this termination in person, handed a termination notice and was unceremoniously escorted out of the building by two guards without being able to say goodbye to my team or collect my personal belongings.""

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headlights that make rain invisible

zlives zlives writes  |  about 2 years ago

zlives (2009072) writes "According to CNET, the headlight uses a camera housed within the headlight assembly to detect rain (and presumably snow or hail) as it falls, and then it uses a processor to anticipate the path of the rain. Finally, the actual light is created by a projector, which uses the information supplied by the processor to block out the pixels where the rain is expected to be. This technology, as you can see in the image above, should help improve visibility since there will be less light reflected back at the driver by raindrops."
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Audi Parks car in the parking lot automagically. at CES

zlives zlives writes  |  about 2 years ago

zlives (2009072) writes "Installed on this Audi A7, Piloted Parking allows a driver to drop themselves off and have the car autonomously drive away on its own and find its own parking spot. The car can then later be retrieved by "calling" it back with a specially designed smartphone app."
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Successful Project Eternity by Obsidian Entertainment : 5days to go

zlives zlives writes  |  more than 2 years ago

zlives (2009072) writes "Project Eternity is an isometric, party-based computer RPG set in a new fantasy world developed by Obsidian Entertainment.

Obsidian Entertainment and our legendary game designers Chris Avellone, Tim Cain, and Josh Sawyer are excited to bring you a new role-playing game for the PC. Project Eternity (working title) pays homage to the great Infinity Engine games of years past: Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment.

Project Eternity aims to recapture the magic, imagination, depth, and nostalgia of classic RPG's that we enjoyed making — and playing. At Obsidian, we have the people responsible for many of those classic games and we want to bring those games back and that’s why we’re here — we need your help to make it a reality!

Project Eternity will take the central hero, memorable companions and the epic exploration of Baldur’s Gate, add in the fun, intense combat and dungeon diving of Icewind Dale, and tie it all together with the emotional writing and mature thematic exploration of Planescape: Torment."

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Back to the Future GTAIV style

zlives zlives writes  |  more than 2 years ago

zlives (2009072) writes "There are an abundance of modifications available for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV, but few are excellent as the example found in the video below. A fan of both the car-thieving game series and the Back to the Future movie franchise managed to bring his two loves together by crafting a Marty McFly skin for game's Niko character. That's hardly impressive, but whipping up an accurate recreation of Doc Brown's time-travelling DeLorean DMC-12 in the game is something else entirely. YouTube user seedyrom34 has developed a detailed vehicle skin complete with an interior with a working flux capacitor."
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Ask Slashdot: Is droid/apps reading your emails

zlives zlives writes  |  about 2 years ago

zlives (2009072) writes "I know there is no expectation of privacy with a gmail/hotmail/whatever.com email. However If you use a Droid/iPhone with Active-sync corp email. Apps and OS have the capability to read those emails? Does Google or Apple explicitly say that they do not? What kind of issues should I be aware of with 3rd party apps and AS email account containing HIPPA sensitive emails. Are there options to make this workable in a secure fashion... or should I dust off the old BB"

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